The final steps of the London to Qatar challenge for Shout 85258, with club Directors Godric Smith,Graham Daniels and finance Director of Mick George, Police spotters all supporting the walk along with Nia Thomas from Shout 85258 and several supporters took place on Saturday 19th November.
I believe the walk has been one of the most positive things I have ever undertaken and rewarding in the fact there has hardly been a day go by without somebody talking to me about their mental health.
I must also thank all the companies and members of the public who have supported and donated to the walk during the past twelve months. The 16k raised for SHOUT 85258 will help so many people in the coming months.
So this is the end of a very long journey 6,068,796 steps completed and we celebrate on the pitch before the Accrington Stanley fixture.
When I look back at the Football Safety Officers conference in Stratford where I was one of the guest speakers talking about mental health and the positivity it generated with members coming forward to talk about their mental health concerns it really has been a positive journey.
The final message
The final message is keep talking and if you feel that a member of your family may be struggling a member of staff, or a friend then ask “are you okay?” if they reply “yes” ask them again “are you sure you are okay?”
You may be surprised by the answer and just talking could be the help that person needs???
If you are struggling personally don’t suffer in silence, tell somebody as there is help available or text SHOUT 85258
Ian Darler B.E.M
As I approach the final few thousand yards of my London to Qatar 3228 mile walk I thought I would reflect on parts of my journey.
I had only covered 1.250million yards of my 6 million yard journey when I received a plantar fasciitis foot injury . I was at home and wondering if I could continue the walk when that evening an advert with Jamie Redknapp came on a TV showing the Skechers training shoes so I instantly went on line at M&M direct to purchase some skechers in the hope they would help my injury and allow me to continue the walk.
The shoes have been incredible and protected my foot and to be honest were so comfortable it was like i was floating on air and now on my 4th pair.
The London to Qatar walk concludes on Saturday 19th November when I walk from Parkers Piece in Cambridge leaving at 2pm to the Cambridge United Abbey stadium and has now attracted a large amount of media and TV interest.
What Skechers did for me walking in excess of 6 million yards was amazing and I thought I would add it to the walk diary in the hope it may help others suffering from a similar injury. It has been a challenge but made easier by the comfort of the shoes.
I must start by say a special thanks to those who attended the public walk on Sunday especially when the weather was so awful. The walk was made up from members of the Cambridge staff and club supporters.
Trevor George the former Cambridge United police intelligence officer led walk whilst also delivering a history lesson on route.
Above The group ready to attack the 3.9 mile stroll along the river Cam
Below The group gathered for a photo at the half way point
I must also thank the Cambridge United media team for putting the interview with Thomas Kirk match referee on twitter as this again has generated so much positivity and conversation about mental health.
As we approach the last 19 days of the challenge, we have hit 5,800,276 steps up to 31st October leaving just 199,724 steps to hit the six million and completing the 3228-mile walk.
Thanks also to those who have again sponsored the walk and taken the total to £14.500
Finally, a reminder that Cambridge United have arranged for me to walk from the football monument on Parkers Piece to the Abbey stadium on Saturday 19th November, The walk will start at 2pm and we should arrive at the stadium by 2.45pm everybody is welcome to come along.
Thanks again, keep talking everybody.
Ian Darler B.E.M